War Graves in Norway

Discussion in 'War Grave Photographs' started by AndyBaldEagle, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    Does anybody know how many SOE/Commando raids there were on Norway during the war? And is there a description of those operations anywhere?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

  3. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

  4. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Operation Freshman: Two pilots of the Gliders were Australians.

    Norway

    Operation Freshman was an attempt to deliver a small force by glider to destroy the hydro-electric power station at Vermork, in Telemark, Norway, where heavy water was being produced for German atomic research. Two gliders containing men of the Royal Engineers towed by two Halifax bombers, set off on the night of 19-20 November 1942. The mission was a disaster. One Halifax and both gliders crashed in southern Norway. The occupants were either killed in the crash or subsequently executed by the Germans in compliance with Adolf Hitler’s notorious ‘commando order’. The order denied members of enemy ‘special forces’ any protection under the terms of the Geneva Convention and Allied commandos were to be executed as soon as they were captured.

    Two of the glider pilots were Australians attached to 38 Wing RAF: Pilot Officer Norman Arthur Davies, of Melbourne, Victoria, and Pilot Officer Herbert John Fraser, of Bendigo, Victoria. Davies and Fraser are buried in adjoining graves at Stavanger (Eighanes) Churchyard, Norway. The two Australians are commemorated on a memorial at Skitten Airfield, near Wick in Caithness, Scotland.

    Photos of the RAAF lads on the plaque.

    The headstone, Grave yard and Church photos are bitmaps and the system is set at less than 20k? so I cannot show them. JPEG's are set at 95MB?

    Stavanger Slettleboe Plaque Davis and Fraser.jpg
     
  5. AndyBaldEagle

    AndyBaldEagle Very Senior Member

    Geoff
    Can you send them to me? I think hotmail will allow that big!

    Andy
     
  6. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Geoff
    Can you send them to me? I think hotmail will allow that big!

    Andy

    On their way!

    cheers

    Geoff
     
  7. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Geoff and Andy,

    Wondering what is still outstanding in Norway - would you mind checking and posting - cemetery names only? :huh::)

    Thanks,
    D

    I have IGs in

    HARSTAD CEMETERY - completed
    NARVIK NEW CEMETERY
    SALTDAL MAIN CHURCHYARD
     
  8. AndyBaldEagle

    AndyBaldEagle Very Senior Member

    Diane

    All of them!!

    Andy
     
  9. Stevin

    Stevin Member

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  10. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Geoff and Andy,

    Wondering what is still outstanding in Norway - would you mind checking and posting - cemetery names only? :huh::)

    Thanks,
    D

    I have IGs in

    HARSTAD CEMETERY
    NARVIK NEW CEMETERY
    SALTDAL MAIN CHURCHYARD

    Missed this (I think) however these are the cemeteries.

    KRISTIANSAND CIVIL CEMETERY RISOR CIVIL CEMETERY SYLLING CHURCHYARD

    One burial in each. one RAAF and two Aussies who were in the RAF.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  11. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Missed this (I think) however these are the cemeteries.


    Geoff, I think :unsure: we shared a PM or two over it. But, my attempts on another site came to nothing ... sorry I forgot to update either you or Andy on the lack of result.

    Stevin,
    Thanks very much for that link - reps on the way.

    Regards,
    D
     
  12. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Geoff, I think :unsure: we shared a PM or two over it. But, my attempts on another site came to nothing ... sorry I forgot to update either you or Andy on the lack of result.

    Stevin,
    Thanks very much for that link - reps on the way.

    Regards,
    D

    Thanks D,

    I do remember something however it was just after Mum died and everything seemed a little insignificant at the time.
     
  13. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Andy,

    I think it would be worthwhile searching for your names, I came up with these from the site that Stevin recommended. http://www.disnorge.no/gravminner/global1.php


    Arendal Hogedal Cemetery

    Sayle 1713051 RA 19/6/1945 British Plot 15.1 - LISTED NO PHOTO

    Bergen (Mollendal) Church Cemetery

    Dominey 2014773 RE 25/6/1944 D6
    http://www.disnorge.no/gravminner/bilde.php?id=85330

    Parker 2074458 RE 9/7/1945 D10
    http://www.disnorge.no/gravminner/bilde.php?id=85305


    Kristiansand Civil Cemetery

    Greenwood 1896839 RE 20/7/1945 6AB5
    http://www.disnorge.no/gravminner/bilde.php?id=2414432

    Stavanger (Eiganes) Churchyard

    Faulkner 2115238 RE 19/11/1942 Z1 http://www.disnorge.no/gravminner/bilde.php?id=1644690

    d
     
  14. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Hi,
    Finally sorted my list of names for Norway.
    Any help/photos, greatly appreciated.

    Regards,
    D

    NARVIK NEW CEMETERY
    Lieutenant Colonel WALTER DOUGLAS FAULKNER M C 15271, 14 May 1940
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XI. K. 5.

    Major CECIL LEANDER JOHN BOWEN 10398, 15 May 1940
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XI. K. 3.


    SALTDAL MAIN CHURCHYARD
    Guardsman NORMAN JORDAN 2717964, 29 May 1940
    Grave/Memorial Reference: British Plot. A. 2.

    Lance Serjeant SYDNEY CONOR TAYLOR 2717983, 26 May 1940
    Grave/Memorial Reference: British Plot. A. 5.

    Guardsman MICHAEL ARTHUR DONNELLY 2718507, 25 May 1940
    Grave/Memorial Reference: British Plot. B. 2.

    Guardsman WILLIAM HENRY RANKIN 2718899, 28 May 1940
    Grave/Memorial Reference: British Plot. C. 3.

    Guardsman JOHN TIERNEY 2717801, 25 May 1940
    Grave/Memorial Reference: British Plot. C. 10.
     
  15. AndyBaldEagle

    AndyBaldEagle Very Senior Member

    Stevin/Diane
    Thanks for that I will have a good look in the next few days!

    Andy
     
  16. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Harry

    They were part of 1st Airborne Division who were flown in on Operation Doomsday, the liberation of Norway. As far as I can recall it was an aircrash though the reason for the crash escapes me. It is possible that some were surviviors of the Battle for Arnem (Op Market Garden) which makes their deaths, after hostilities were over even more sad

    Andy

    Andy, I have just found the reference to "Doomsday" and its task.

    RAF No 38 Group had the immediate task on 8 May 1945 of transporting 7000 troops and 2000 tons of stores into Norway, the principal centres to occupy, being Oslo,Stavenger and Kristiansland.The operation was to be carried out in four stages between 9 May and 13 May but the weather proved to be so severe that the operation was delayed by 36 hours.I think that the operation must have included gliders for it is recorded that only two of No 644 Squadron Halifaxes made it to Norwegian airfields.One landed at Fornebu,four miles south west of Oslo and were unperturbed at being the only Allied aircraft to land at Fornebu.Unloading their jeep, the RAF crew with pilot, P.O. Barr in charge,drove into Oslo.

    It would appear that the casualties of 10 May are included from No 38 Group its first day of operations into Norway. (Geoffs search engine may reveal the RAF casualties over the operation period.) Supply support by RAF No 38 Group continued throughout May 1945.

    Earlier on the 8 May,the day hostilities ceased, RAF No 38 Group flew No 1 Airborne Division into Copenhagen,using Halifaxes and Stirlings supplemented by USAAF 9th Airforce C46s.
     
  17. AndyBaldEagle

    AndyBaldEagle Very Senior Member

    Harry
    I have meant to add to this thread but just completely forgot. I think somewhere I have the complete Operation Order etc for Op Doomsday. I would post it but I think it would take me about a month alone to scan all the documents!

    Andy
     
  18. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Andy, Do you have this man? Done thanks to Stormbird.

    OSLO WESTERN CIVIL CEMETERY Norway

    1st Airlanding Sqdn Reconnaissance Corps

    Serjeant GEORGE KAY 1. C. 3.

    Cheers
    Paul
     
  19. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    If I might add a request for help in relation to a 422 RCAF Air Gunner buried in Trondhein's Stavne Cemetery.

    Claude Senton Air Gunner 422 RCAF killed on 24/5/44.
    Buried in , A IV British. K. 10.

    Claude's Sunderland was shot down by U-921 , his body and some wreckage washed ashore were the only traces found.
     

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  20. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    A picture of Bernard Warburton-Lee's Headstone/Name. British Plot IV. B. 9. Ballangen New Cemetery, Norway.

    Many Thanks
    Andy

    Found on Find a Grave. :)
     

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